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Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance Certificates. The idea comes from the...

Right To Rent may be tweaked to allow easier online checks

The Home Office is proposing a new online service to make it easier for agents and landlords to check that prospective tenants fulfil the Right To...

Agency business model set to change if second wave of Covid hits

The business model underpinning most lettings agencies is set to change fundamentally if there is the much-anticipated second wave of Coronavirus. That’s the view of Jon Cooke,...

Another huge Build To Rent scheme set for big city centre site

A major player in the Build To Rent sector has announced another large scheme - 346 units - on a major city centre site. LGIM Real Assets,...

Boom Time - record number of tenants registered by agents

The number of new prospective tenants is at its highest level ever according to data just released by ARLA Propertymark. The association’s August Private Rented Sector report...

Negotiate over rent if you must move because of virus, tenants told

Consumer charity Citizens Advice has given guidance to student tenants who may have to return home early this term because of the Coronavirus crisis. The charity says students...

New editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow

There’s to be a new editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow, Thursday October 1. It’s to be Graham Norwood, currently editor of sister publications Letting Agent Today...

Agents invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

Letting agencies and landlords are being invited by a local council to take part in what it describes as a “risk free” initiative to reduce homelessness. Cambridge...

Activists picket rental company over complaint about refund

Activists from the controversial renters’ group Acorn have picketed the headquarters of a national rental firm in a dispute over a refund for a university student...

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments but cannot countenance having nothing...

PropTech link for outsourced viewing service and fledgling portal

Fledgling portal Homesearch has partnered with outsourced viewing service Viewber in a new PropTech teaming. Under the deal, agents who receive an enquiry about one of their...

More changes to lettings regulations north of the border

There have been more Coronavirus-inspired changes to lettings regulations in Scotland. Firstly the Scottish Government has passed the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment of Expiry Dates) Regulations 2020...

Expelled! Agency kicked out of redress scheme for phishing

North of England lettings agency Matthew & Evans Rentals has been kicked out of the Property Redress Scheme, one of the two official ombudsman schemes policing the...

Crooked agent escapes prison after stealing almost £30,000

A crooked lettings agent stole almost £30,000 from dozens of clients to prevent his business from going bankrupt. Tim Catherall, of Nottinghamshire, ran Hartleys Estate Agents in...

Rents to dip next year, warns leading lettings agency

Hamptons International has given a rental market forecast for 2021 - and it doesn’t make for happy reading. The agency says the rental sector has recovered more slowly...

Clampdown on HMOs by London council leads to big fines

A £5,000 fine has been handed to five landlords in London for failing to license HMOs.  One of the properties, a four-bedroom HMO in Greenwich, was rented to four separate tenants and...

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

It appears that the Renters Reform Bill - a key measure in the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto - has been pushed into the long grass. The...

Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still does not do enough to...

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Covid rescue...

Fund manager names agency to handle lettings portfolio

One of the country’s first specialist residential property fund managers has named the agency to handle its latest Build To Rent investment units. Hearthstone has appointed Carter...

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents into one body, has...

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete evictions between December 11 and...

ARLA Propertymark slams last-ditch bid to stop evictions

ARLA Propertymark has hit out against last minute attempts to effectively reinstate the eviction ban which finally came to an end last weekend. Earlier this week Letting...

Online agency launches to focus on developer’s city units

Stockport-based property development company Three Sixty has launched what it calls an online agency - Three Sixty Living - to handle the lettings of its units. Three...

Indirect boost for rental market as first time buyers defer plans

Nearly half of prospective home buyers have delayed their plans because of the Coronavirus crisis, a mortgage company says. Research by Aldermore shows the average delay as...

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

Much has been made of the backlog of court cases - including landlords’ possession attempts - and now the Ministry of Justice has revealed eight more temporary...

Agents advised to appoint dedicated eviction specialist to help landlords

A prominent PropTech figure says agents have a key role in reducing evictions in the short term - and he suggests they appoint a dedicated specialist...

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental sector. Generation Rent has for some days...

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties. Westminster has the...

Don’t get scammed - police force warns about bogus property ads

A police force is warning potential tenants to check before handing over money after scammers conned people into making rent pre-payments for properties which do not...

A huge degree of pain - London student lettings sector to take 24% hit

The private rental sector dedicated to student accommodation in London could see a 24 per cent drop in income in the coming year according to a lettings...

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions going ahead following the end...

Many tenants worry about ability to pay rent, says PropTech firm

A survey of 2,750 tenants by a prominent PropTech firm suggests a quarter are concerned about not being able to pay their rent. At the same time,...

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The Scottish Government’s proposals include a...

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants across the country have “access...

Everything you ever wanted to know about evictions - and more...

A definitive document has been published by the House of Commons library listing every eviction-related measure taken by UK governments during the Coronavirus crisis. The 51 page...

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second wave of Coronavirus hits. In a...

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

Labour’s housing spokeswoman has accused the government of wasting the last four weeks before the eviction ban ended by putting its enthusiasm for Brexit above the...

New regulations for post-ban evictions set out by government

The government has set out confirmation of the new regulations and protocols that agents and landlords will have to follow if they wish to restart or...

Pro-ban activists stage direct action boot camps to resist evictions

One of the most outspoken campaign groups against the end of the eviction ban has staged a series of so-called ‘boot camps’ to show tenants how...

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

The Citizens Advice charity claims that new figures suggest concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.  It says the number of people...

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear cases again from Monday. This is...

Student lettings: landlords and tenants protected by automated check-ins

A fully electronic check-in process can help to protect landlords’ properties and tenants’ deposits as students return to university over the coming weeks. At the same time,...

Lettings market slows in August after post-lockdown boom

The letting market experienced a traditional seasonal decline in August, according to the latest analysis from Agency Express. Its Property Activity Index shows that the number of...

Are London renters looking to flee the city post-pandemic?

Some 60% of London office workers who rent in the capital say the pandemic has made them reconsider their living situation, according to new research. A survey...

Evictions ban: agents set out wishlist as landlord costs top £530m

Ahead of the evictions ban being lifted on Sunday, ARLA Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, setting out a range of points on behalf...

Landlords slam London Mayor's call for ‘disaster’ two-year rent freeze

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for a rent freeze in the capital. Yesterday, ahead of the eviction ban being...

High street decline forces commercial investors to shift to residential

The decline of the high street - which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic - is forcing commercial investors to shift their attention to the...

Fast-growing property management firm commits future to office-working

A growing residential estate management company has committed its future to office-working after moving to a new boutique space in Birmingham. Principle Estate Management, which looks after...

Make landlords centre of lettings to close 'digital gap', says PropTech firm

A new whitepaper argues that landlords and tenants aren't getting what they want from the rental market. It says landlords need to be made the centre...

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